• Tue. Nov 29th, 2022

Group Petitions Nigerian Anti-Corruption Agency, EFCC, Accuses Universities Commission and NUC Director of Illegally Hoarding N1.4 Billion Naira

ByChad J. Johnson

Jun 21, 2022

The Anti-Corruption and Good Governance Society filed a petition with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission regarding the alleged involvement of National Universities Commission Finance Director Samuel Marcel Onazi in a money laundering scheme.
The group alleged that Onazi amassed wealth through the commission despite the persistent strike by members of the Universities Academic Staff Union, which is the result of the government’s failure to meet the union’s demands, part of which is insufficient funding.

According to the petition, Onazi laundered at least 1.4 billion naira which is spread over several bank accounts managed by the director of Polaris, Fidelity banks among others.
In addition, the group highlighted the various properties owned by the Director funded by laundered money from the Commission.
The petition dated June 10 and signed by Ogori Attah called on the anti-corruption agency to open an investigation into the allegation against Onazi.
It reads: “I wish to bring to your notice and necessary action the money laundering and corrupt enrichment of the Director of Finance of NUC, Mr. Samuel Marcel Onazi.
“Nigerian University Professors, ASUU, have been on strike due to low university funding, but a NUC Finance Director has amassed prodigious wealth through the commission, as follows:
“His bank accounts with BVN: 22236584835, total bank balance N1.4 billion;
a. Polaris Bank Account Number: 1762146440, Balance as of June 1, 2022 N301,000,000. (Three hundred and one million naira only).
b. Polaris bank account number: 1767665296, balance as of June 7, 2022, $13,301.05
vs. Fidelity bank account number: 1014205105, balance as of June 1, 2022, N900,000,000. (Nine hundred million naira only).
D. There are still many other bank account numbers
”3. Its Buildings/Houses:
a. Abuja – Duplex at Brains & Hammers Estate Galadimawa cost N75,000,000 (Seventy-five million Naira only)
b. A duplex at number 3 Langtang near area 3 Garki Abuja cost 60,000,000. (Sixty million naira only)
vs. Two unfinished duplex blocks, opposite Ochacho Otukpo Square, are valued at N80,000,000 (Eighty million naira only)
D. A piece of land opposite the G.RA Otukpo Police Barracks worth N.35,000,000 (Thirty-five million Naira only)
e. The block of flats opposite Asa near the prison cost 65,000,000#. (Sixty-five million naira only).
”4. It will give this administration additional credibility in the fight against corruption if this officer is investigated as the Accountant General of the Federation and brought to justice.”